Saturday, December 11, 2010

Box Office Review - Get Low

Robert Duvall's feature film debut took place in 1962 when he played the role of Boo Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird. Boo Radley is a shut in who is the subject of many rumours in the town of Maycomb. 48 years later Duvall plays a similar character in Get Low.

Felix Bush (Duvall) lives in the woods as a hermit. In the nearby town there are many rumours that Felix is in league with the devil and is a cold blooded killer. After living in isolation for forty years Felix shows up in town looking to have a funeral. The twist is that the funeral is for himself while he is still alive. A funeral home owner (Bill Murray) and his good hearted assistant (Lucas Black) help him in the planning of the even and eventually learn that there is a lot to learn about Felix Bush.

Robert Duvall is an amazing actor and this movie showcases it. The character of Felix Bush is an emotionally complex and once the truth is revealed about him he becomes an amasingly sypmathetic character. Whether Duvall is playing the character as angry and indifferent, or self conscious and scare Felix Bush is a fully fleshed out and realized character. Duvall's performance is one of the most impressive in recent memory. The supporting characters don't get much to do as the film is all about Duvall's performance, but Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black also give solid performances.

This film is all about the performance given by Robert Duvall, and it is a performances that deserves to be experienced multiple times.

A Gold Banana

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